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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Cushcity Communications (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980025087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980025088
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,467,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gwen Richardson is an author, publicist and entrepreneur. As an author, she has two published books, one non-fiction and one fiction. Her debut novel, The Genesis Files, released in June 2012, is a mystery/thriller featuring the main character, Lloyd Palmer. Palmer is a reporter for the Houston Ledger, a job which should have fulfilled his lifelong dream of being a journalist. But, along with being exhausted from the daily coverage of murders and mayhem in the nation’s fourth largest city, he’s hit a glass ceiling at work, and his editor, Ed Jackson, goes out of his way to make Lloyd’s life miserable. Her non-fiction book was titled: Why African Americans Can’t Get Ahead: And How We Can Solve It With Group Economics. Released in January 2008, this book explores the historical legacy among African Americans of limited collective economic clout and offers cutting-edge solutions to this challenge with a group economics approach. It has received unanimous 5-star ratings on Amazon.com and is available in paperback or ebook form. As an entrepreneur, Gwen is co-founder of Cushcity.com, the world’s largest African-American Internet retailer with over 20,000 products online. Gwen and her husband, Willie, established Cushcity.com in 1998. The web site receives more than 1 million hits per month and has thousands of customers in all 50 states and internationally. She has been an entrepreneur for more than 20 years. Gwen has been a writer for most of her life. She excelled in writing as both a child and a teen, winning writing contests in her formative years. Her first writing venture that was published was a letter to the editor of the Washington Post while she was a student at Georgetown University. She began writing political commentaries in the late 1980s and was published in several daily newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, Atlanta Constitution and Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition, Gwen is co-founder and national coordinator of the National Black Book Festival. This annual event, held in Houston, Texas, attracts over 100 African-American authors from across the U.S. and is the largest indoor gathering of Black authors in the world. Gwen is a native of Newport News, Va., She resides in Houston with Willie and their daughter, Sylvia. She is a graduate of Georgetown University with a B.S. degree in marketing.

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This book is INDEED a page turner!!
S. Washington
This work of fiction is a great history lesson, in addition to being a commentary on flawed employment practices, with a bit of intrigue thrown in.
Thomasine B. Hill
I found my self fully engaged in the story, connecting to the characters plight.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vivienne Diane Neal on April 24, 2013
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I was on the edge of my seat, reading this well executed novel. The story draws you in, and you begin to root for the protagonist, Lloyd Palmer, a reporter who is not valued or respected at a major newspaper until a scandalous crime takes place, and the meeting of a stranger will have a foremost impact on the character's life. The author weaves into the story the history of an ancient society, America's ills and its refusal to deal with its race problems, genuine events, its flawed legal system, where wealth, privilege and power rule, which makes for an important and enlightening storytelling, with an ending you will never see coming!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By OOSA Online Book Club on February 17, 2013
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Lloyd Palmer had dreams. Big dreams. When he landed a job at the Houston Ledger, he thought he was on his way. Wrong! Fast forward ten years later and Lloyd hasn’t moved beyond being a beat reporter. Matter of fact, no black reporter has. Just another routine day and just another routine story suddenly turns into so much more propelling Lloyd into the national spotlight. What would normally mean fame and fortune is fame and misfortune for Lloyd.

Caught in a rut of monotony in reading, Gwen Richardson’s “The Genesis Files” came right on time. I liked that Richardson had an idea and was able to craft a story around that idea. The journalistic setting was a perfect one. The mild-mannered underachiever Lloyd was a very likable character and easy to relate to. With a good balance of sustainable plot points and a mix of entertainment and information, “The Genesis Files” works. I applaud the author for thinking outside of the box and look forward to her future endeavors.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 28, 2013
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From a mystery story point-of-view, it was very predictable; no surprises. The characters' dialogue seemed unreal. Still is quite readable.

What was interesting was the story within the story; that of the Lemba tribe. The author did succeed in getting me interested enough to check the Lemba people out on the web. There is a very nice summary review in Wikipedia under "Lemba people"... that, I strongly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alretha Thomas on May 9, 2014
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While searching for websites to send out an E-blast about my new novel, I ran across [...], the brainchild of Willie and Gwen Richardson, who live in Houston, Texas. The site is a major e-commerce location where individuals who are interested in Afrocentric products ranging from books to collectibles can make purchases. The site also offers a variety of promotional services. What I wasn't expecting when I went to the site was my next read. It just so happens that Gwen Richardson is also an author. I googled her and found her book "The Genesis Files" on Amazon.com. I clicked the book and the opening chapter sealed the deal.

"The Genesis Files" is the story about Lloyd Palmer, a reporter for the Houston Ledger who once upon a time ago dreamed about making a difference. However, his dream turns into a nightmare when at every turn he's marginalized by Ed Jackson, the newspaper's racist editor. I love how Gwen hit the ground running. She introduces the likeable Lloyd early on and we get to see him in action as a fair-minded, caring husband, father, and reporter. He's written beautifully with such depth you feel like you can reach out and touch him. He is unequivocally the star of "The Genesis Files" and I could easily see a feature film based on this character. On an aside, Denzel Washington would be perfect for the role.

Lloyd adeptly covers one heartbreaking incident after another, struggling to bring integrity to the stories that all too often put African-Americans in a less than favorable light. I later learned that the stories featured in the book are based on actual stories that took place in Houston. One that stands out is the case of a wealthy white woman who blames an African-American man for kidnapping her baby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 13, 2013
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I liked the story, it wasn't long at all. I hate it ended so short and left the character Lloyd without a ending to his career but with a beginnibg and you do not what happened with the producer Ed or the other characters. I wish it was more regarding the tribe from Africa or more history about the group.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theresa E. Grant on August 28, 2013
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The Genesis Files is a very engaging book. I have studied some African tribes, but I had never heard of the Lemba tribe, and its history, on the most part, was interesting to me. The author did a great job using a reporter in bringing forth the story of the Lemba tribe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn McCray on August 15, 2013
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Very informative as well as entertaining! It kept my attention. Wished for a bit more in the way of the mystery. Pretty predictive. I will be recommending to my book club (Sister-In-Spirit) to put on the future read list. We only read books by black authors and it is hard to find mysteries. They all have readers, tablets and ipads.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 30, 2013
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We can hope that the author makes this a renewed effort and brings more of such stories to the readers. The title carries the weight of this black reporter, attacked as it were, with his resources and wits challenged by those around him. If this ia genesis file, you should take it in hoping for more, this reviewer sure does.
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